Shepard Fairey Designs TIME's 'Person of the Year' Cover
Artist Shepard Fairey attends the Art Of Elysium "Heaven" Gala 2011 at The California Science Center Exposition Park on January 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Shepard Fairey's cover image. Time's annual "Person of the Year" issue is as much a publicity stunt as it is a news story, but that doesn't change its relevance within pop culture, particularly this year. The 2011 Person of the Year is really a worldwide group; Time went with "The Protestor." With the Arab Spring abroad and the Occupy movement at home, it's an appropriate selection, even if it feels like a bit of a cop out.
To design the cover of the famous issue, Time turned to someone just as familiar with subversive street art as he is with the notoriety and cultural sway that comes with it, one Mr. Shepard Fairey. You may remember Fairey from his now iconic "Hope" image of Obama. The 41-year-old graphic designer and artist used his trademark aesthetic to capture the image for the Time cover.
Fairey's style is rooted in graphic design and pulls from various influences, particularly the high-contrast silk-screening technique popularized by Andy Warhol and different forms of old propaganda combined with reworkings of American cultural artifacts like stamps and pamphlets. For the "Person of the Year" cover, Fairey drew on various news photographs from protests around the world, but the core of the cover image came from LA photographer Ted Soqui, who shot this photograph at the Occupy LA movement.
Fairey told Time that he wanted to create an image that "meant business but wasn't scary." The issue is on newsstands now.
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